Purchasing items in large quantities at once will usually save a consumer some money. These larger portions are sold in grocery stores, discount chains, and stores specializing in the sale of bulk items. Not every deal at bulk retail stores is a good deal, so consumers should shop wisely. Here are some ways to save money by buying in bulk.
- Purchase only necessary items- just because products have reasonable prices, do not be tempted to purchase more than are needed. The item is not a good deal if it will not be used prior to becoming ineffective or spoiled.
- Explore a business membership- when obtaining memberships in retail outlets that deal in bulk goods, consider a business rather than an individual membership, if qualified. Business members may receive additional offers like extended hours for shopping, discounts on printing, and eye care benefits.
- To identify what is truly a deal, compare the unit pricing on items. Go to a grocery store and office supply store and make notes regarding the unit prices of desired items. Compare these prices to those offered by the bulk store. Purchase bulk store items with lower unit prices than those offered by the grocery store.
- Purchase a freezer chest- this will come in handy when purchasing reduced price bulk poultry and meat products. The prices are often lowered during the weekends. These items can be split into serving sized portions once at home and stored in separate freezer bags. The same practice can be followed for breads and cookies.
- Create empty space in the basement or pantry- make open space and an organization system that permits quick and easy restocking. Have storage containers on hand to hold usable portions of bulk items within the pantry. Keep the large packages containing the rest of the item in the basement or attic, when possible.